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stairs with numbers on the risers
Photo of stairs with numbered risers found on Thehaystackneedleonline.com
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Numbered stair risers
numbered stairs with French
Photo of numbered stairs in French found on Hiphostess.blogspot.com
Decorating your stair risers with numbers and words ... Oh so fun!
Are you looking for a fun and easy decorating idea?   How about adding some numbers to stair risers?
In the past, I have painted my stair risers with stencils or free-hand, but after seeing these numbered stair risers, I was thinking about how easy it would be to create numbers out of contact paper.  I have used it for my store windows, so why not stairs?  The best part is that it won't scuff and is removable.   No time to trace and cut out numbers?  Craft stores have vinyl numbers and letters too!
How to Paint Stair Risers
By Ryan Lawrence,

Before you attempt to paint your stair risers, consider some important points. Whether your risers are made of wood or metal, they will not accept paint until they are properly prepared. Treat them with the appropriate primer for the material used. Meticulously cover the stair steps with masking paper, or you may end up with extensive paint overlap. Apply the primer and finish coats using the proper application tools, or the paint job may be marred with brush marks.


Dust the stair risers with a broom.
 

Cover the stair steps with masking paper. Secure the paper with painter's tape.      

Apply latex primer to wooden risers with a polyester brush. Use metal etching primer on metallic risers. Brush horizontally, applying gentle pressure. Allow the risers to dry for at least two hours.
      

Wash the brush with water.
      

Apply gloss latex paint to the risers with the clean brush. Brush horizontally, applying gentle pressure. Allow the risers to dry for at least two hours. Add a second coat if the latex or metal etching primer shows through.